1 miles
27 ft
-545 ft
Avg time

Robbers Run Details

  • Riding Area
    Fat Tyre Farm
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #71707 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking

The trail is a short, one-way, ‘gravity enduro’ flow down style of trail. It is about 2.3 km in total length with a total elevation loss of 200m (a couple of 20% grades) and about 8m of ascending. Yeah, that means a lot of fun and little peddling!

It is blue-square rated for intermediate level riders, not recommended for novices, but fairly easily rollable for beginning MTB riders that have some single track experience. Please check notices and trail notes at trail head sign for updates to trail condition, etc. Robbers Run has fast flowy sections (some bermed, some off-camber!), rocky descents, steep dips, doubles and jumps (all rollable) and tight twisty sections. So for advanced riders, the trail becomes more technical with speed.

At about the 2km mark, riders will meet up with the bottom of Thunderbolts Cave Road. If you want to ride back up to the trail head, turn left up the road. Shuttle pick-ups can be made at a flat section outside the cattle grid (turn right off trail). The final section of Robbers Run continues on across the road.

Access Info

Robbers Run mountain bike trail is located just off the New England Highway, at the top of the ‘Devils Pinch’, Black Mountain, barely 15 mins drive north of Armidale (right turn) or south from Guyra (left turn). Turn down Thunderbolts Cave Road from the New England Highway. The Robbers Run trail head is located at the Thunderbolts Cave carpark.

For visitors – “Captain Thunderbolt” was a notorious highwayman and robber, called a bushranger in Australian folklore, who used to hold up stage coaches as they slowly traversed down the mountain side. The cave was one of his hideouts. Hence the name ‘Robbers Run’ for this MTB trail.

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More Stats for Robbers Run bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -518 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,814 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,333 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,333 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,814 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    682 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    491 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Primary
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  • Uphill Only
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  • Green
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Robbers Run Trail Reports

      Sep 18, 2018 @ 2:57am
      Sep 18, 2018
      Top half recently raked
      Sep 18, 2018 @ 2:57am
      Sep 18, 2018
      Top half has been recently raked
      May 19, 2018 @ 6:37pm
      May 19, 2018
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      6 Months
      • 2 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
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